Our Story – the first decade

Towards the Centre

Detail of Map of Manchester
Therapy in Manchester is a mental health service providing counselling, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis for adults

I took over the running of Therapy in Manchester in 2011.

For 8 years I worked from the heart of Chorlton, south Manchester, growing and developing this practice

In 2019 I relocated to the Royal Exchange Building in the city centre – also home of the famous Royal Exchange Theatre Company

The relocation and expansion of Therapy in Manchester allows me to better serve the mental health needs of adults living or working in the centre of Manchester

Becoming a Therapist

Portraits of Paul Melia

Art Historian Paul Melia by David Hockney, 2002; Therapist Paul Melia by Peter Gill, 2018

I entered the world of therapy as a client in 2002

My growing enthusiasm for therapy led me to retrain in 2008

I bring a range of skills from my first career as an Art Historian – for nearly 20 years I occupied increasingly senior academic positions within a UK university

Towards Experience

Therapy chair and couch
I began working as a psychotherapist in 2010

I now have nearly a decade of experience working with a wide range of symptoms

I draw on two years work as a Telephone Counsellor for a leading heath care provider, and two years experience as a Therapist for a North West charity

After qualifying I entered further training and am now one of the few therapists in Manchester who is also a practising psychoanalyst

My training and experience supports both short-term and longer-term therapy appointments

Investing in our Professional Community

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My colleagues are important to my continuing professional development

I play an active role in the region’s network of therapists and programme monthly events for the North West Regional Psychotherapy Association (NWRPA)

For a number of years I facilitated reading groups for therapists enabling a range of issues to be considered in relation to our clinical work

My work benefits from the clinical supervision I provide to therapists

Working Together

I now look forward to a second decade of serving the mental health needs of adults in Manchester.

Whatever your reason for choosing my service you can relax in the knowledge that at Therapy in Manchester you will work with a qualified and experienced therapist committed to his ongoing professional development
Therapy begins by making your first appointment: find out more here